What Is Considered a Sex Crime in Oregon

Oregon takes sex crimes very seriously, and the penalties for conviction can be staggering. It’s important to know what constitutes a sex crime in the state. While some individuals may argue it’s easy to understand, there are specific details that can go unnoticed.


Rape is defined as unwanted sexual intercourse at any penetration level. Rape is one of the most common sex crimes in all of Oregon, and the penalties can range from probation with minimal jail time up to a full prison sentence.


Sodomy is defined as deviant sexual intercourse with an underage participant. For example, acts such as oral sex with someone under 18 years old are considered sodomy. An offender’s charges can also range from probation to a full prison sentence.

Sexual Abuse

The terms “statutory sodomy” or “statutory rape” are not used in Oregon law, but sexual abuse is still used to define unwanted touching of private areas.

Forcible Compulsion

In Oregon, forcible compulsion is defined one of two ways:

  1. To compel through physical force.
  2. To compel via a threat that instills fear of harm or death in a person.

In other words, forcing someone to provide sexual favors is considered a forcible compulsion, a crime in Oregon. The offender can be charged with a misdemeanor or felony.

Pedemonte Law Can Help

It’s imperative you find legal representation immediately if you are being accused of a sex crime in Oregon. Likewise, if you are a victim of a sex crime, whether it’s rape or sexual abuse, you’ll want to talk to a lawyer as soon as possible. Our team at Pedemonte Law understands how serious these situations are, and we’re ready to assist you. Contact us today to learn more.



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